This week on CounterSpin: Do those who called the outing of covert CIA official Valerie Plame Wilson a scandal owe the White House an apology for suggesting it outed her as revenge against her husband Joe Wilson? In light of recent revelations about former State Department official Richard Armitage, some commentators seem to think so. We’ll be joined by journalist Robert Parry for the latest on the coverage of the Plame Wilson affair.
Also on the show: The Washington Post has decided to hire a professional spinmeister from the Bush White House to be the new voice on its op-ed page. What’s the message there to those of us who think journalism should keep both feet in the reality-based community? We’ll hear from veteran PR surveyor John Stauber, co-author of the new book, The Best War Ever: Lies, Damned Lies and the Mess in Iraq.
—U.S. Press Bigwigs Screw Up, Again, by Robert Parry (Consortium News, 9/14/06)